Users can not only see what is happening in their own location such as their signal strength and their device performance compared to other devices, but can also view maps and statistics throughout their geographical area at netradar.org. This information allows users to make decisions on the operator and the device they use.
The service, developed by Finland's Aalto University, is based on years of active research in analyzing mobile communication. The mobile applications can be downloaded from application stores and netradar.org. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can use the Netradar application to measure the quality of mobile connections anonymously and share the information with other users of the service. The application also displays maps showing what Internet connections are like in different locations. Mobile-phone manufacturers, operators and other stake holders can use this information to improve Internet connections of mobile devices.
For example, the Netradar service measures and stores location data, speeds of upload and download from the measurement server, the delay in data transfer, the vendor and model of the handset, the mobile operator, the base station, the signal strength, and the network technology used. This service does not store or aggregate personal data. Users can log into the application, if they so choose, by using third-party accounts, like Google's identification service, and view their user specific measurements on the Netradar web site.
The application can be downloaded, free of charge, from application stores and over the Internet, for the Android, iOS, Symbian, Meego and Maemo operating systems. Microsoft Windows Phone client is in final approval and will be available shortly.
The service will be expanded to cover wired and wireless broadband connections at a later date. In addition, new capabilities are in development along with more comparisons and features which will be released in stages as they become available.
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